Motherhood & Words

Last night when I got home, there was steak on the grill and a card and orchid waiting for me on the dining room table. Sweet D, my biggest supporter. This morning when I came downstairs, he kissed me and said, “Happy Launch Day.” May every writer have this kind of encouragement.

Sadly, I also got a call from my cousin this morning, telling me that my dear aunt passed away. She had a massive stroke on Sunday evening, and was moved to hospice care on Tuesday. My dad flew out to Denver, where she has been living for the last year, to spend their last days together. I know it’s for the best; she was not going to recover from the stroke, and she was ready to die, but still, we were close, and I’m going to miss her. I know she’ll be with me tonight in spirit, and I hope she knows how much I loved her. I think she did.

And she would want me to celebrate today, so I’m going to try to do just that. Come down to Open Book tonight at 7 p.m. if you can. I’ll talk a little about Use Your Words, and then there will be short readings by contributors Anne Greenwood Brown, Lucinda Cummings, and Sara Martin. Wine, appetizers and a book signing will follow.

I’m also happy to report that the blog book tour for Use Your Words kicks off tomorrow, the same day that my book will be featured on Christina Katz’s wonderful blog, The Prosperous Writer, as part of her Mama Writer Every-Day-in-May Book Giveaway. If you haven’t checked this out, go now. 

And here is the Use Your Words virtual book tour line-up:
Friday, May 4: Official Kick-off at Literary Mama
Monday, May 7: Extraordinary Ordinary (
Tuesday, May 8: Literary Mama (
Wednesday, May 9: Ivy League Insecurities (
Thursday, May 10: Sellibut Mum (
Friday, May 11: Love & Diapers (
Monday, May 14: 5 Minutes for Mom (
Tuesday, May 15: A moon, worn as if it had been a shell (
Wednesday, May 16: 6512 and Growing (
Thursday, May 17: 17 Sirens (
Friday, May 18: Bump Life (
Monday, May 21: The Princess and the Pump (
Tuesday, May 22: Cami Checketts Books (
Wednesday, May 23: Chubby Chicks Run Too (
Thursday, May 24: Mom’s Own Words (
Tuesday, May 29: Mama Sweat (
Wednesday, May 30: Breed ’em and Weep (
I’ll be posting each day of the tour. Many of the blogs will offer prompts from Use Your Words to which you can respond. A winning response from each blog will become a finalist.  From the pool of finalists, I will choose a winner, and that essay will be featured on Literary Mama’s blog. The winner will also get a one-hour writing consultation with me. Stay tuned, friends. And as always, thank you for your support and for reading!
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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. jenn on May 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    congrats!! I might have been talking to you over at my little blog too…. see you tonight!

  2. kristen on May 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Kate.

    And congratulations on launch day! I love having a little glimpse of your excitement and all the wonderful news surrounding your new book. I’m excited, too, to read it soon.

  3. Lisbeth Thom on May 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I’m having a private kick off celebration in Savannah today, I sat on my porch overlooking the marsh started reading Use Your Words. And so far, what a treat it is…Happy Launch Party. Lisbeth Thom

  4. Leightongirl on May 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    FANTASTIC! SO SO very happy for you!

    • Kate on May 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Thank you, dear Vicki!!

  5. Mary on May 4, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Happy Launch Day!!! I thought of you when I woke up this morning. Hope it was a fantastic party. I’m looking forward to your virtual tour!

    And I’m sorry about your aunt, Kate.

  6. Sara on May 4, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Just ordered my book last night!